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02 Sep 2017

Trump travel ban: People denied entry can reapply for visas

A legal settlement, reached at a US federal court, allows people who were denied entry into America because of President Donald Trump's first travel ban to reapply for visas.

Individuals who were turned away at American borders will be contacted by the US government.

On January 27, Trump had signed an executive order preventing residents of seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering America for 90-days.

In context

The continued saga of controversial Trump's travel ban
The impact of Trump's travel ban


The impact of Trump's travel ban

Trump's travel ban was met with multiple protests and legal challenges.

Hundreds of people from the affected countries were detained on arrival despite having valid visas and residency papers.

Trump later defended his order, arguing it wasn't a Muslim ban.

A federal judge in Seattle suspended the order a week after its implementation. On February 3, it was suspended after being challenged in court.

Revised travel ban

On March 6, Trump revised the executive order, banning entry to individuals from six predominantly-Muslim countries, including grandparents and other relatives of US citizens. The US Supreme Court rejected the revised travel ban but allowed the Trump administration to enforce a separate ban on refugees.

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What the new legal agreement entails?

Under the new legal agreement, the US government is obliged to act in "good faith" while processing the documents of all applicants.

"Although the government dragged its feet for far too long, it has finally agreed to do the right thing," the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said.

The ACLU said the legal fight for Trump's revised ban would continue.

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